The figures in Joshua Meyer‘s paintings seem to appear slowly out of the ensemble of chaotic marks. For me, even though each brush stroke has a visible energy and emotion driven into it, there’s a kind of serenity in the way that the images come together.
Without an essential element in each painting, often the face, you might interpret his work as a collection of abstract colours, like missing the last piece in a puzzle. However, once you realise what’s happening in the image, it starts to complete itself and you realise each stroke in intentional and highly considered. Knowing this, you can see that the tiniest dashes of colour are equally as important as larger swathes in helping to describe the picture as a whole.
© Joshua Meyer, 2011